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Second City to return to Capitol in Oct. for CASA

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Famed improv group The Second City is bringing "Fully Loaded" to the Capital Theatre in Lebanon this fall.

Tickets are on sale now for the show, scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 1, at 6:30 p.m., and can be purchased online at at $50 per person. The show will feature hilarious sketches made famous by former Second City stars, such as comedian Tina Fey. Ticket sales benefit Wilson County CASA.

Wilson County CASA hosted their first Second City fundraiser in 2014. Because there was not a lot of time between Second City's commitment to appear and the actual show date, CASA was unable to secure sponsorships like they have the second time around.

Cedar Recovery in Mt. Juliet is the 2015 Premier Sponsor and Silver Sponsors are Vance Law Firm, D.T. McCall, Regions Bank, First Freedom Bank and Pinnacle Bank.

"This year we were able to put together a Second City Event Team. Our amazing group includes Ashley Lawrence, Cathy Wair, Shelley Gardner, Erin Grasham, Maggie Lea, Heather Sadler, John Lankford, Lee Campbell, Kristina Hibdon, Lindsay Smith, MJ Lucas, Sabrina Garrett, Necole Bell, Pam Barton, Rebecca Hurst and Marsha Porter. They have secured $10,000 in sponsorships for this event," said Wilson County CASA Executive Director Cathey Sweeney.

Last year CASA welcomed a sellout crowd of 300, which they hope to match again. "Our monetary goal for this year was $10,000. Ticket sales have just begun, and I am happy to say we expect to exceed our goal this year," Sweeney said.

CASA is an acronym that stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate. Sweeney explained that a CASA volunteer is a trained individual who is appointed by a judge, in this case the Honorable Judge Barry Tatum, to represent the best interest of a child in court. Children helped by CASA volunteers include those who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect.

Each volunteer typically has no more than two cases at a time and does not replace the Family Service Worker, rather they act as an independent appointee of the court. The CASA volunteer can thoroughly examine a child's case, has knowledge of community resources and can make a recommendation to the court, independent of state agency restrictions.

CASA volunteers undergo a thorough training course produced by the National CASA Association. It is led by staff locally at Wilson County CASA. An average training session involves 30 hours. Volunteers learn about courtroom procedure, effective advocacy techniques for children and are educated about specific topics, ranging from seminars on child sexual abuse to discussions on early childhood development.

"Events such as the Second City make these things possible," Sweeney said.

Staff Writer Sabrina Garrett may be contacted at

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